Tea on Tuesdays {at Two}



 “I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea,” said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically.
“And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn’t but of course I’ll ask her just as if I didn’t know.
And then pressing her to take another piece of fruit cake and another helping of preserves.
Oh, Marilla, it’s a wonderful sensation just to think of it.
Can I take her into the spare room to lay off her hat when she comes?
And then into the parlor to sit?”
-Anne of Green Gables



We are reviving our official tea time in the Gauthier home, as they have been random lately with holidays and a change of pace in our lives with the addition of baby #7.

Let’s be honest – our home is very busy right now with little ones, a two month old, homeschooling different ages and just keeping up with the daily life.  However, we all know time passes by all too quickly. And before you know it, some of my girls will be grown before the others and I will look back wistfully and *wish* I had taken more time for tea together. With six daughters to raise, you would think tea time would be a regular thing. But alas, sometimes “life” gets in the way.

Yet, shouldn’t tea on Tuesdays with my girls be a little bit of what real life is about for us?

These daughters of mine – while now young and freckle faced, with pig tails and braids bouncing, still safely tucked beneath my wings –  soon will grow … they will leave the house and become too busy for tea at the kitchen table in a few years. If Tea on Tuesdays {at 2 o’clock} is something that we can have together throughout the years, then let me stop everything to relish in a tradition that may bind our hearts together.



Would you like to join us in slowing down your Tuesday and pouring a cup of tea? Maybe it will be with friends or perhaps it will be a simple tea with just you and your children … it might even be a nice time to invite over new friends or someone from church who would like to share an hour with you.


All that is needed are some tea cups {easily found at thrift stores- however, we have a large collection of tea cups from over the years}, fresh scones (or cookies, muffins – anything will do), a hot pot of tea and preferably a pretty tablecloth. Setting a table for tea in a simple, attractive way will make your tea party feel  … just that wee bit out of the ordinary … if you do not have time for baking, even a store bought treat would be lovely set out on a pretty plate.

Nothing elaborate is required – simple teacups from around your home … perhaps a delightful plate or two for the goodies…


We use fabric napkins for all our meals, but for this tea, we used the prettier ones.


Light a candle. If you are blessed to have fresh flowers, put a sweet collection of blooms on your table, as well. In the spring and summer months, move your tea party outside under the shade of a tree (I prefer to eat and dine outside at all times of the warmer seasons!).


A dash of icing sugar makes an ordinary scone seem a bit more heavenly.


Choose a tea that is your child’s favorite. In our house, it’s Candy Cane tea. I prefer chamomile or Earl Grey tea.



At 2 o’clock, ring the tea bell and enjoy a whimsical half hour of tea together.  {This also encourages younger children to tell time as they will be counting down the the hours until their tea time!} Make sure some good music is playing in the background (classical, old jazz, anything you want to introduce to your children’s ears. I love for them to hear and know the voices and talents of the big band era, along with classical composers.)

Encourage your children to practice good manners. Fold your napkin on your lap. Ask lovely questions to foster a healthy conversation. Our favorite is to go around the table and ask what book everyone is reading at the moment. {This is also a great time for narration, if you follow that route in your homeschooling. I also plan on revisiting poetry readings at the table.}

I loved the concentration my five year old as she worked on her manners and tea-drinking abilities …


It does not take much time to slow down a regular day for Tea on Tuesdays. And in 10 years, when the girls are grown, I pray we look back over our Tuesday’s Tea at Two with sweet fondness and memories.


And if you feel so inclined to visit us on a Tuesday afternoon, may there always be a teacup waiting for you.


March 8, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Annie Hi Gillian,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this. We did Tuesday tea last week – though because of illness and spring break it turned into cookies before dinner 🙂 but the kids are super excited for this weeks… Tuesday tea at three since they come off the bus at three. And I’m dreaming up a treat to bake with my littlest one. Thank you — so simple but so lovely and a fabulous pause.

March 2, 2016 - 10:11 pm

Gillian Lynda, that would be super special! p.s. Did you get my card in the mail?
Kim, we would be delighted to have you – anytime!
Rachel, your mom sounds like a wise woman! I like her thinking!

March 2, 2016 - 5:25 pm

Lynda Lu Gibb I sure would dro by if I lived near you! Just ask your mom.. I often just showed up! Not sure it was always expected..lol..but setting a time is awesome. Maybe I will just join you from here!And set tea at 2.

March 2, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Kim Robbins Uhmm I think I might have to leave work early one Tuesday

February 29, 2016 - 10:48 pm

Rachel P.S. Lovelyn’s little pinky out is too adorable for words! (Oh, gosh, i hope that is Lovelyn…if not, my apologies! <3 )

February 29, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Rachel It wasn’t until a few years ago I came to appreciate my mother’s afternoon tea ritual. Every day, since before I was born she would pause in her daily housework activities, pop the kettle on, set a sweet, simple but pretty table and sit down to a nice cup of tea. She did this with company but also when she was alone. She used nice, clean napkins and tea cups and little silver spoons. And she always had a lovely biscuit or pastry treat of some kind. Just one. 🙂 I used to think it silly when I was little but now I see the importance of taking a break during the day, enjoying the moment and refreshing your mind, body and spirit. I don’t afford myself the opportunity to mimic her nearly as often as I should but it is lovely when I do. So glad you are sharing this with your lovely little women.

February 26, 2016 - 8:19 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings Oh Gillian, I would be there if I could!! We have tea parties also! My girlies always love it.We don’t have it on a regular basis but I would love it if we could start doing that.We have lots of delicate odds and ends of a huge tea set.That We’ve collected through the years. We hold it all in a gorgeous basket that I got a yard sale for like a dollar! Anyway,I love how different each cup is and the girl’s can pick a different one every time.You are just awesome!!!Man, I wish we lived closer! Maybe we should start having our tea time at 2 also….and it will kinda be like were there with you and your girlies…(and sweet baby boy!)

February 25, 2016 - 9:57 pm

Gillian Mom, pleeeeease do!!!

February 25, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Brenda (Gigi’s Mom) I just may show up for that tea time invitation xo

February 25, 2016 - 7:08 pm

mamato3 Lovely. I think I shall do the same. Good reminder to slow down a little. Thank you so very much.

March 8, 2016 - 5:27 pm

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